Howdy y’all! How ya’ bean?
This week was pretty normal. We have been grinding away here in the Houston 2nd Ward, just trying to find people that God has prepared to listen to this message. It’s been humbling as I’ve had the chance to work with the members of this area, they are amazing and so faithful.
Saturday, we moved people for like 7 hours. Then we taught a super good lesson to some of the people we’re teaching.
This past week has FLOWN by. It’s been really nice because I’m ready as heck to get out into the field. I leave the MTC this coming Monday at 4:45 am! I’ll fly from SLC to Houston, and get there somewhere around 2. I’m SO PUMPED. It’s going to be such a cool experience, I’m smiling just typing this out.
The MTC has treated me well. At times I got sick of it, and it got sick of me, but it’s all good because in the end, it provided me with experiences that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. The Lord has allowed me to learn so much Spanish here. And also has taught me how to recognize the Spirit more than ever.
Something I learned that I want to share with y’all this week is just how important member missionary work is. Missionaries are the ones that teach repentance, baptize converts, and prepare for ordinances. Members + The Spirit literally do everything else. Take every opportunity you can to fellowship those around you and invite the Love of Christ into their lives.
I’d like to extend a special invitation to any of you reading this: Pray sometime this week SPECIFICALLY to see how you can better become a Disciple of the Savior. I promise that as you do so, and as you listen for an answer, you will be amazed to find out that the small changes in lifestyle lead to large improvements in happiness.
Welp, don’t have much else to say, nor do I have too much time. I have to finish packing 🙂 But I want you all to know that this mission has already changed me so much. I’m still the same old goob that makes stupid puns and gets cranky a lot, but I’ve really been able to realize just how real this Gospel is.
Love y’all! I’ll make sure to get some stories ready for next week when I’m finally out in the field! Email me if you have any questions!
Yes, that is Elder Zach Hair and me holding a picture of our dads when they served their missions together in New York City. Such a cool moment.
Friend Elder Danny Hatch.
Friend and awesome cross country runner Elder Benson.
The MTC has been quite the experience. It feels like I’ve been here forever, but also that it’s been no time at all. This week has been especially uplifting for me, I’ve been able to see the Lord’s hand in my life sooo much.
Our room is called the Alamo because we are all either going to Texas, Mexico, or Salt Lake City (yeah, that last one is a bit of a stretch). Elders Pershing and Beus leave on Monday so we are all pretty sad about that. They’re both going to the Mexico Veracruz missions, and I know that they’ll do great. We’ve all been able to get really close and it has been a humbling experience to have so many role models around me as I begin this journey.
On the topic of humility, that has been the Christlike attribute my District has been working on this week. Now, you’re probably thinking like “Wow that must have been really hard for Elder Saunders” and it WAS. But as I studied and worked on becoming more like the Savior, He has truly made my weaknesses strengths. Here in the CCM, I’ve been able to do things that I know I otherwise couldn’t without the Lord’s help. Like memorize 2,500 Spanish words and 500 phrases in 5 weeks. Or 9 scriptures. Or about 20 grammar topics. Like, PEOPLE, I still sometimes forget my name tag walking out in the morning. I definitely know that this isn’t me doing all this work. But I’m putting in all the work I can, knowing that He will make it worth it.
Welp, I only have one week left here. To all of those still in school, stay in school. To any of you not, don’t be a fool. That… is what’s cool.
I have no clue, I just started rhyming while writing that, sorry.
Anyways, I want to leave you all with my testimony that Christ is the redeemer, He is why I’m here, and I’m grateful that he trusts me enough to wear His name on my chest every day. A scripture I memorized in Spanish this week was Moises (Moses) 1:39, I testify that God wants us to return to Him. Through our trials, we can do so.
Love y’all. Thanks for the support.
– Elder Saunders
Hey everyone! Had a great week this week, don’t have too much time so I’ll keep this short.
It’s been an amazingly spiritual week. On Tuesday, Elder Christofferson came and spoke to us about the name of the church. It was a really cool message and I testify that if we use the correct name of the church, the Lord will be well pleased.
Another thing is that I was able to gain insight into a lot of questions about the Gospel that I previously didn’t understand. Especially on Wednesday, I was hit by an overwhelming feeling of purpose. I know that this work that I am doing is true. I’m so grateful for it!
Another cool thing that happened Wednesday was that I was able to host (welcome) Elder Lazerson! That was such a cool experience, I’m so proud of him for making it out here and I know he’ll have a great time here and in Mexico.
Sorry, like I said I don’t have tons of time. But I just want to let each of you know that I know without a shadow of a doubt that this church is true! The Lord has blessed me with so much strength these past few weeks, I’m pumped to get out to Houston. Love you all!
Here are some pics:
The one and only Elder Lewis.
The awesome Elder Eaquinto. He is off to Columbia, South Carolina and is going to rock it.
My awesome companion Elder McCaann.
Howdy y’all! Wow this week went by fast. Once you get adjusted to the schedule, stuff starts flying by sooo quick. It’s been a roller coaster of a week.
On Monday, one of the Elders in our district went home. It came as a huge shock, and it was pretty difficult for all of us. But he’ll be coming back out in 6 months, so I know he’ll do great. With this change, our companionship got shifted around a bit. I used to be in a trio, but now it’s just me and Elder McCann. He’s such a fun dude, and he’s starting to get really good at Spanish.
Tuesday, we had a devotional with Elder Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy. He is straight up hilarious, plus he has an English accent which made it all the more better.
Wednesdays are weird because we get new missionaries. Our zone didn’t get any this week, but Elder McCann and I DID have our second visit with our TRC person of interest Andrea. It was a good experience, and the Spirit was way strong. But it was nothing compared to
THURSDAY. What a great day. We had another appointment with Andrea. So for our TRC’s, they’re only in Spanish. Luckily I speak Spanish already so it’s not incredibly difficult or awkward. But man it was just so amazing on Thursday. We taught the Restoration, Elder McCann went ham compared to what he normally does. Then I recited the First Vision in perfect Spanish. It was super cool.
Friday. Lol it was literally yesterday and I can’t remember what we did. Sometimes that’s just how days are here.
Soo yeah it’s been a good week. Email me, I love hearing from friends and family.
Anyways thank you all, love you guys. Just want let you know that I have a testimony of this Gospel and of its greatness. El profeta Jose Smith restauro el sacerdocio y a traves del Libro de Mormon podemos sentir el Espiritu Santo. Estoy agradecido por la oportunidad para venir y ensenar la verdad a las personas de Houston.
Love you all.
Hey y’all! It’s been a great week! I’ve been able to really start getting good at Español. I love my district, they’re all super fun. We’ve been able to learn a lot this past week and a half. It’s been a really spiritual and amazing experience.
Something awesome that happened this past week was that one of the sisters in my district asked for a blessing of comfort so one of the elders Elder Merkley gave her a blessing and the spirit was so strong. We all knew that this is where we were supposed to be.
As we were practicing the Spanish Basic Core that we are supposed to learn the first 10 days at the MTC, we had to do a mock lesson with one of our teachers. Usually how this goes is that I have to say most of the stuff, then my companions like only say a couple lines because they’re not super confident with the language yet. But this lesson was way different. We all were speaking so well and the spirit was amazing. It was so cool to see the gift of tounges, el don de lenguas. I’ve memorized the First Vision, the Missionary Purpose, the Baptismal Invitation, and Moroni 10:4-5 all in Spanish! I’m amazed how much the holy spirit has helped me in progressing. I testify that as you work hard to achieve the goals you set, you will receive His help. This has been KEY this past week for me. Through all the trials I’ve faced, He is always there to help me reach my full potential.
My first role-play teaching appointment called a TRC is on Monday. We’re hoping it goes great, I’m excited to meet our person of interest. Also for any of you missionaries learning languages, SYL makes all the difference. You’ll know what I mean once you get in to the MTC. Don’t think you’re too cool or know enough of your language to speak in English. Even if you’re fluent, you can always improve so that you can communicate clearly. Also, be OBEDIENT. Seriously, you won’t believe how much trouble some people have with this. It’s really unfortunate. Have fun, but more importantly have the spirit.
For anyone that wants to send me packages, I still have 4 weeks to endure and they literally make the week sooo much better. My MTC mailbox address is
Elder Carson David Saunders
2005 N 900 E Unit 236
Provo UT 84602
Also, feel free to email me at any time throughout the week. Although I will receive and read your emails I can’t respond until my P-Day which is Saturday from 6 am to 6 pm. Thank you all for the support and love and prayers. I love you all, I know this is where I’m supposed to be.
Picture below from left to right:
Yo, Elder Johnson, Elder McCann, Elder Gibbons our District Leader, and Elder Burgoyne.